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  D4Y1 Model 21 Judy Manufacture Number 340  
151 Kōkūtai

Aircraft History
Built by Yokosuka. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as D4Y1 Model 21 Type 2 Carrier Recon / Dive bomber manufacture number 340. Assigned to the 151 Kokutai. No known tail number.

Mission History
On August 30, 1943 took off on a reconnaissance mission over Guadalcanal. Over the target, spotted by a F4U Corsair on a test flight that reported the unfamiliar type incorrectly as a German Focke-Wulf FW-190 code named "Fred" and chased the aircraft from Cape Esperance on Guadalcanal and climbed above before making two firing passes and claiming it as shot down over Santa Isabel Island at 4:58pm.

Afterwards, the wreckage of this aircraft was examined by Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU) that noted the manufacture number as 340. Ultimate fate unknown, likely abandoned, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #15 (CEAR #15) Type 2 carrier recon plane
Intelligence Summary August 31, 1943
"Eventful Test Hop - A Corsair on a test hop at 28,000' over Cape Esperance was vectored to meet an incoming bogey at 30,000'. Visual contact was made immediately with 1 plane, which the F4U chased to Santa Isabel. Obtaining an altitude advantage, the F4U made two runs and shot it down at 1658. It was identified as a Fock Wulf 190 (FRED), believed to have been a photo plane."
Thanks Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
March 17, 2020


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